Three people killed as two cars collide on M3 exit ramp in Ireland
A young couple were among three people killed in a car crash in the Republic of Ireland on New Years Eve.
Saoirse Corrigan and her partner Shane Gilchrist, both in their 20s, died in a two-car collision in Kells, County Meath.
The vehicles crashed onto the N52 slip road in Kells, just off the M3 motorway, at around 4.45pm yesterday.
Saoirse and Shane, who were the sole occupants of one of the cars, were both killed.
A woman in her mid-twenties, who was driving the second car, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after the head-on collision, but was later pronounced dead.
Young couple Saoirse Corrigan and partner Shane Gilchrist were among three people killed in car crash in Republic of Ireland on New Years Eve
The vehicles crashed into the N52 slip road in Kells, just off the M3 motorway near Kells, County Meath, around 4:45 p.m. yesterday.
Three children who were traveling in the second car – two baby girls and a 12-year-old boy – were also taken to hospital.
The boy is said to be in critical condition, while the girls are believed to have suffered no life-threatening injuries.
The road was closed for a technical review, but has since reopened.
The Irish Sun reported that Saoirse had just started a new job as a teacher.
It was reported today that Saoirse has just started a new job as a teacher
Her family expressed their agony over losing her in an obituary published today.
“The death occurred, Friday, December 31, of Saoirse Corrigan, Whitehall, Castlepollard, tragically, following an accident”, we can read.
“Predeceased by her grandfather Michael. Deeply missed by her loving mother Orlene, loving father Michael, Andy, Keri, brothers Cathal and Cillian, sisters Brónagh and Gráinne, grandparents Michael-John, Josephine and Beatrice, uncles, aunts, extended family , all the staff and students of St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff and a large circle of friends.
“May the sweet soul of Saoirse rest in peace”.
Gardaí appealed for witnesses, in particular to all road users circulating in the region at the time.
Meath East TD Thomas Byrne expressed his condolences to the families of the three who died.
Gardaí calls for witnesses, in particular to all road users who were traveling in the area at the time
In a message on Twitter, the Minister of European Affairs said: “My deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved and thoughts of prayer with the injured.”
Gardai appealed for information to witnesses and drivers with dash camera footage who were in the area, invited to come forward.
A spokesman for the Garda said: “Kells Gardaí is investigating fatal collision of 2 cars on the N52, Lloyds, Kells, Co. Meath, on 12/31/2021 shortly after 4 pm.
“Anyone traveling in the area or having information or dashcam footage is asked to contact Gardaí in Kells on 046 9280820.
“3 people (2 women and 1 man all in their twenties had died), 3 children were taken to hospital for treatment. Gardaí has completed a forensic examination of the scene, investigations are ongoing.